Wickham History Society  holds meetings at the Wickham Community Centre, at 7.30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Our programme includes a variety of guest speakers who cover both local history and wider history topics. We also organise visits to places of interest in the Summer.

The annual charge for Membership is £8pp. Guests are welcome to attend meetings for £2.50pp.

To join the Wickham History Society, simply come to a meeting or contact the Secretary.

2019/2020 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the following talks for our next programme year:

24 September 2019 – Jeremy Clutterbuck of Cotswold Archaeology
Excavations of Wickham’s Glebe
A follow up to our January talk on the excavations of the Glebe, Jeremy – a member of the Archaeological Excavation Team – will present an update on the analysis of the findings.

22 October 2019 – Paul Stickler, Hampshire Constabulary History Society
Body Overboard – The Murder of an English Actress
In 1947, the actress Gay Gibson disappeared on a ship bound for Southampton from Cape Town. Hear about the last known movements of the victim, explore the account provided by the accused and his extraordinary behaviour in throwing her body overboard. The trial had a fascinating aftermath and the talk includes information believed not previously revealed in the public domain.

26 November 2019 – Mike Hollis
Admiral Thomas Cochrane
Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey were fictional heroes of the days of sail. Now meet Lord Tom Cochrane, three times an Admiral, who, in real life, actually did the daring deeds of those fictional characters – and more!

10 December 2019 – Dr Cheryl Baker
Marmalade, Spuds & A Bag of Gold: Gift Giving in Tudor Southampton
There were 12 days of festivities for a Tudor Christmas but no presents till 12th night – and some not till April. Gift giving was designed to gain favours, so local nobles could find wine, oranges and potatoes among their presents

Note: This is a joint meeting with the Wickham Society and is the second Tuesday of the month.

28 January 2020 – Andrew Negus
Portsmouth – Harlots, Dung and Glory

25 February 2020 – Dr Bob France
Uppark – Fire & Restoration

24 March 2020 – Abigail Coppins
Portchester Castle and the surrounding towns and villages, 1793-1814

28 April 2020 – Neil Bond
Right to Roam

26 May 2020
Annual General Meeting


Please note: Programme subject to change depending on availability of speakers.

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